Minnesota had a rocky start, and they started the season with Jimmy Butler, but traded him to Philly for Robert Covington and Dario Saric. While losing Butler hurts, it may have helped Minnesota get ahead of the drama and play some basketball. Covington coming over in the trade moved him right into the starting small forward role, and he is logging heavy minutes under Thibs. Jeff Teague and Andrew Wiggins start in the backcourt, with Derrick Rose coming off the bench as a sixth man or also spot starter. Saric still sits behind Taj Gibson, who starts at the four and is putting together a decent season. Karl-Anthony Towns remains the skilled center, and is a high usage option on this offense. Minnesota now is pretty close to where they were before Butler, and the usages are quite similar to what we have seen in the past.
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Minnesota went out and landed Jimmy Butler, and signed Jeff Teague last season. This gave them a super team you could say, but they barely clinched the playoffs and it gave them a lot of internal problems. This could be blowing up soon, but for now the starting five is intact and will log heavy minutes given how Coach Thibs likes to run things. In the backcourt we did see Teague’s minutes go down towards the end of the season. Derrick Rose and Tyus Jones saw more run. Teague didn’t play particularly well late in the year, but had his moments throughout the season.
We would have to imagine that Teague will be benched this year if poor play continues. Jones and Rose showed some promise, and Thibs still has a thing for Rose. Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler clashed earlier on in the year, and then Butler started to take over the usage and production. Butler has issues with Wiggins play style, and wants him gone. Minnesota is committed to Wiggins, and he will likely stay there with his huge contract. Butler should assert himself as the alpha dog in the offense, and the only threat to rival him is Karl-Anthony Towns. Both are the better and more consistent fantasy options on this team. Towns was a top five usage center, and that will continue heading into the new year. Taj Gibson is that veteran on the team that does the dirty work. He is a good source of double doubles, and will still log heavy minutes under Thibs. Gorgui Dieng is the only notable bench name to talk about in the front court, although Anthony Tolliver will backup Gibson. Dieng is a respectable backup player but has been limited due to the depth of Minnesota players moving ahead of him.